Sunderland v Aston Villa preview
Team news for Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland striker Darren Bent will be fit after coming through Monday night's 0-0 draw at Blackburn despite missing 10 days' training with the groin injury he picked up on England duty. Full-back Kieran Richardson is likely to miss out after suffering a setback in his battle against a hamstring problem, while Andy Reid is out with a similar problem. Manager Steve Bruce has no other fitness concerns and only David Meyler, who is back in training after a knee injury, and Fraizer Campbell (also knee) remain on the sidelines. Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey and winger Marc Albrighton are fit for the trip to the North-East. The duo missed the home goalless draw with Chelsea last weekend through a back injury and sickness respectively. Central defender Richard Dunne is also available after being substituted in the early stages against the Blues with a cut ankle which required several stitches. But striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and full-back Luke Young are again ruled out. Agbonlahor is still recovering from minor surgery to his groin while Young will be out of action for a further two weeks with a torn hamstring. Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Onuoha, Bardsley, Angeleri, Bramble, Turner, Ferdinand, Mensah, Da Silva, Cattermole, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Zenden, Bent, Gyan, Welbeck. Villa (from): Friedel, Beye, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Ireland, Ashley Young, Carew, Guzan, Heskey, Delfouneso, Albrighton, Clark, Cuellar, Sidwell, Bannan, Lichaj.
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